New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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Industry News

Dynegy Covers Backside in Enron Deal

LCG, Nov. 13, 2001--Shares in Dynegy Inc. continued their strength this morning as the company revealed the extent of the financial protection it has secured as part of a $10 billion rescue bid for Enron Corp., the Financial Times reported.

Chuck Watson, chairman of Dynegy, said: "We are absolutely adequately protected, but I am confident we will not need it." The ultimate protection is, the company has the right to abandon the deal if Enron's earnings are revised down by more than 10 to 15 percent.

Under a number of material adverse change clauses, Dynegy has also negotiated a range of other conditions relating to balance sheet impairment, off-balance-sheet exposure, credit rating downgrades and the outcome of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, the paper said.

Dynegy could walk away if Enron's legal liabilities topped $3.5 billion, and the smaller company has also taken into consideration that "off-balance-sheet liabilities" bring total debt to $20 billion, including $15 billion of on-balance-sheet debt and preferred stock.

Dynegy has also estimated that the international assets need to be written down by $5 billion and the broadband assets by $500 million to $600 million, according to people close to the negotiations. In addition, accounting for the takeover as a purchase makes it far easier for Dynegy to do the write-downs.

According to the Financial Times, the most important part of the cushion is price. "The biggest protection is, we bought Enron for $10 billion -- or $8 billion or $9 billion. Who's counting?" Watson said. "That is a major protection."

The paper said that more than half of Enron's 20,000 staff could be cut as the once-mighty company completes key asset sales of the businesses -- outside core energy trading and marketing -- that have used up cash in return for low-quality earnings.

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